Rights groups and unions raise concerns over proposed national human rights body

Security personnel seize banners from relatives of imprisoned CNRP members at a small demonstration. Protestors had submitted a petition to a UN office in Phnom Penh seeking help in freeing their family members, Picture taken on June 4, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

More than sixty civil society organizations, unions and local communities have expressed concern over the government’s intention to establish a National Human Rights Commission of Cambodia, calling on the government to first improve the current human rights situation and questioning whether such a body would be able to operate independently of the government.

UN raises concerns over Cambodia’s detention of environmental activists and human rights defenders

An NGO staff member holds up a photo of imprisoned Mother Nature environmental activists as part of a social media campaign calling for the six youths' release.

The UN Human Rights Office and the UN Environment Programme on Wednesday expressed their concern over the arrest and detention of environmental human rights defenders in Cambodia after authorities arrested three activists from environmental group Mother Nature on June 16. According to the statement, at least 24 human rights defenders, 12 of whom are women, are currently in detention in Cambodia.